Woopee!

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The native wildflowers I planted from seed maybe 2 months ago are beginning to bloom! Above, a California Poppy of course.

And below, a view of my little plot, with the other flowering plant, a Desert Bluebell (Phacelia), also in view.

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I am very proud of my little flower garden. It is a terrible place for plants to grow; a few inches of soil on top of a cement driveway! And in full sunlight for most of the day. But the weeds that could stand those harsh conditions were an eyesore, so the guy who runs the house tore them out, and left the soil bare. He let me plant some flower seeds and tend the plot while they germinated.

I was adding water almost every evening and weeding almost every morning. I pulled out anything that looked like grass and left in place everything else. I also put down mulch made from broken-up leaves from the yard. Finally the new plants began to assert themselves. And now they are big enough to begin blooming.

Who knows what will happen to this plot as the summer progresses. With such a thin layer of soil, it is under constant threat from the grasses and other weeds that are so much more tolerant of that condition.

Plus a beautiful garden flower that opened the week before…

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This beautiful dark iris makes an appearance every year, I am told. This shot is an “artistic” view, too close to even make out the shape of the flower. But the amazing thing about the iris is the three small inner flower parts contrasted to the three outer parts, much larger.

2 June update – nice!

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